Wednesday, September 28, 2011

To Our Quadbloggers

The 8th graders are quadblogging with students from the United Kingdom.  This is the first wave of introductions from 16 of  our 54 students.  Quadblogging classes, please reply to our students by name, so they can read and respond if necessary.  Looking forward to getting to know you, too!

These are our quadbloggers teachers and their blogs:

Ms. Simpkin
Ms. Cox
Mr. Stacey

Wave One of Our Students:

1. Hi, my name is Maggie. I am thirteen and I live in Joliet, Illinois. I play three sports and they are soccer, softball, and basketball. I am on a travel soccer team with some girls from my school. I also love to read. It is my favorite thing to do when I am not playing soccer. I hope that you know more about me.

2. Hi, my name is Alyssa! I live in Joliet, Illinois and I am thirteen years old. I go to the Cathedral of St. Raymond School, and I love it here. I love to play sports. Some of the sports I play are softball, basketball, and volleyball. When I am not playing sports, I like to hang out with my friends.

3. Hi, my name is Matt K. I live in Illinois. I go to Cathedral of St.Raymond. I play basketball for my school and a travel team. I like to play golf with my dad.  I also like hanging out with my friends.

4. Hi, my name is Jake and I am going to school at the Cathedral of St. Raymond in Joliet, IL. Here are some fun facts about Illinois, we have the first Dairy Queen and McDonalds. I love my school, it is a great time and is just a perfect place for a kid to grow up. I play basketball and football here at the Cathedral. I love St. Ray’s.

5. Hi my name is Jeffrey. I am thirteen and I live near Joliet, Illinois. I play volleyball, I wrestle, I race Motocross, and I love to fish. I play club volleyball with some friends from in and outside of school. But I my favorite thing to do when I’m not in school or doing sports is hanging out with my friends because they are funny and exciting. My favorite subject in school is math because it just comes easy to me and I don’t know why.

6. Hi my name is Cade. I am thirteen years old and I live near Joliet, IL. I play football, basketball, baseball, ping pong, pool, and play tennis sometimes. I play all my sports with people that I know. My favorite thing to do when I am not playing sports is hanging out with my brothers when they are home. When they are home we play catch with a football, baseball, and we play a big game of basketball.

7. Hi, my name is Brian. I am thirteen years old, I go to the Cathedral of St. Raymond, and I live in Joliet, Illinois. Living in Joliet is great. It’s never over crowded like a big city. It’s a very welcoming town. My school is great. This is my second and last year at this school. When I first came to this school I felt so welcomed. I would recommend this school to everyone.

8. Hi, my name is Alessandra. I live in Joliet, Illinois and I am an eighth grader at St. Ray’s. I play volleyball and basketball at school and dance at a studio. I’ve been on high honors every trimester since sixth grade and hope for the same this year. I love to hang out with my friends and go to the mall to shop.

9. Hi, my name is MaKenna. I live near Joliet, Illinois and go to the Cathedral of St.Raymond School. I play basketball, and volleyball for my school. I am  a twin and I have 5 other siblings. I like hanging out with my friends and family. I like reading and playing tennis. I love going to school here with all my friends, it is so fun.

10. Hi, I am Seamus and I go to St. Raymond’s Cathedral in Joliet, IL.  Joliet had the first Dairy Queen. We also have a ton of McDonalds in our town. In junior high at St. Raymond we have over 100 kids. The total for the whole school is 520 kids. My  favorite sports are baseball, football, and basketball. I love college and NFL football!

11. Hi, my name is Michael. I live in Joliet, Illinois and go to the school the Cathedral of St.Raymond. I play baseball and basketball for my school. I also play baseball for a travel team in Joliet. I have three sisters and one brother in my family. I am also in the eighth grade at my school.

12. Hi, my name is Sarah. I live in Joliet, IL, and I go to the Cathedral of St. Raymond school. I played softball for my school and I love to dance.  I am on a dance company and I dance almost 6 days a week.  I have two brothers. I am in eighth grade at my school.

13. Hi my name is Anthony. I live near Joliet, Illinois. I attend the Cathedral of Saint Raymond School. I am in the eighth grade. I like to play football, basketball,and baseball. My favorite color is green. I am a family of five:  two brothers, a mom and a dad. I like watching football on T.V.

14. Hi, my name is Michaela. I am an 8th grader at the Cathedral of Saint Raymond School. I live in near Joliet, Illinois. I play volleyball at the school. I also enjoy dancing and am going to continue to dance. My favorite sports are dance, cheerleading, and soccer. I have two older sisters at JCA. I have three younger brothers at Saint Ray’s. This is my first year here and it is definitely the best school I know. My first day here everyone was so nice to me and they helped me out a lot. When I’m not busy with homework or sports I love to just hang out with friends. I like going to the mall too.  

15. Hello, my name is Juan. I live in Joliet, Illinois, and I go to school at St.Rays. I absolutely love it here! The education is great and my friends are amazing! I like to play soccer and football. If I’m not playing soccer or football, then I’m reading. I have a strong passion towards reading! Thank you for spending your time and reading about me.

16. Hi, my name is Nick and I live near Joliet, Illinois. I am 13 and I go to school at St. Raymond’s. This year is my first year here, too.  My favorite sports are football and baseball. I play 2nd base for baseball, and I play center and nose guard for football. I have one sibling, my sister. I also have 3 cats as pets. My favorite color is yellow.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Mr. Davo and His Travels to the United States

The 8th graders and I are enjoying reading and commenting on the blog from Mr. Davo (the tasmanian devil) and Miss W and their travels from Australia to the United States.  They have begun in California and are working their way east.  Soon they will visit our area and we'll be able to meet and visit with them.

I was a little concerned that the 8th graders will not understand that a real person will actually visit us, but they are very excited to see Miss W and Mr. Davo and are writing very thoughtful and intuitive comments on their blog.

We  hope to make their visit exciting and welcoming!   Safe travels!

This is a link to their travel map:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Introductions and More Commenting Practice

In the next few weeks, the 8th graders will be writing introductions for our three classes of Quadbloggers in England.  They will add their introductions on a Google Doc and I'll add it to this blog when complete.

They will also be practicing commenting skills with classes from the Blogging Challenge.  I've chosen 7/8th grade blogs so they can comment with students about the same age:

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Learning to Comment and Read Blogs
The 8th graders spent some time the past few weeks learning how to read a blog and to properly comment.  The blogs we spent time commenting are:

I am very impressed by the way the students are commenting.  Some are receiving responses so they need to go back this week and read their responses to possibly reply.

I have also been in contact with our Quadblog group.  We will be sharing introductions soon along with our first topic.

These are our quadbloggers teachers and their blogs:

Ms. Simpkin
Ms. Cox
Mr. Stacey

They are from the United Kingdom/England!  This will be quite exciting!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Happy School Year!

Welcome back!
It's great to be back to school!  The students are refreshed and eager to learn!

At this time I'm introducing our 8th graders to the blogging world.  We are part of the student blogging challenge the next weeks and they are also going to be quadbloggers!
  • Student Blogging Challenge:  Students are taught proper commenting skills and comment on participating blogs.  This challenge will continue through the Fall.
  • Quadblogging:  4 groups of blogs communicate on a common theme.  One class/group poses a question and the other 3 answer.  This will go through Christmas!  

 Last year's 4th graders are Mystery State Skyping and learning about the Moon with students from our area and China:
  • Mystery Skyping:  Students will create clues about their state.  They will skype with other classes to guess their state using the clues.  Students can have certain jobs - note takers and researchers.  Then they guess the mystery state at the end!
  • Moon Over Us:  Students research the moon and observe it by taking pictures at least 3 days in a row.  They create a page for their photos and notes about what they observed.  They comment on 2 USA pages and 2 pages made from Chinese students.
Looking forward to an amazing year!